BOLT & HATCH Opening Reception

Opening Friday, June 29, from 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Buoyant Surface, a solo exhibition by BOLT Artist-in-Residence, Jean Alexander Frater.

Raw canvas is the background of the under-painting of the over-painting. Cotton weave is covered and undone and redone. Doubled material increases weight; concealed color seeps to the surface.

I use my whole body to flatten the canvas against the wall. Stretch tall and wide to fix the edges, pressing out the wrinkles. Filling my brush with paint and applying the first coat.

Another Coat, Over Another

Ripping quickly, pressing my body against the canvas, guiding the tear. The rip is loud and sharp.  

The under-color comes through the cracks; the raw canvas is the line.

Holding the wooden square frame at a diagonal with outstretched arms.

Over Under, Under Over  

Paint cracks and the sharp edges cut my hand. Fabric softens as each woven gesture repeats, repeats and repeats.

Pulling it tight. It snags. It sags. Light bounces off the surface.


The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present ORWELLIAN OFFSPRING, a group exhibition featuring works by Marie Baldwin, Mitsu Salmon, and Jacqueline Surdell.

In recent years, stories about dystopian futures have become mass media obsessions, such as Black Mirror, The Hunger Games, and The Handmaid’s Tale. Although the genre is not new, a recent New Yorker article states that we are living through "A Golden Age for Dystopian Fiction". Is it possible that its current prevalence speaks to more than just a passing trend?

While oppressive systems in the U.S. continue to be exposed, people en masse are turning to dystopian narratives for answers and the ability to play out mounting fears. As a means of unpacking their own inheritance of oppressive systems, the artists in this show mine their personal histories, dealing with labor, body, memory, and ancestral ties across time and place. Together, the artworks create an avenue where reality and fiction converge--illuminating an opportunity for critical reflection on the current socio-political moment and perhaps even action.

Find out more about the exhibitions at the link below.